Book Review: Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan 8

Odd Child Out

by Gilly Macmillan




Barnes & Noble


 Paperback: 432 pages
 Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017)


From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT SHE KNEW

“A hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!” -Shari LaPena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby


How well do you know the people you love…?

Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable.  But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol’s Feeder Canal, Abdi can’t–or won’t–tell anyone what happened.

Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident.  But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle.  Noah is British.  Abdi is a Somali refugee.   And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol.  Against this background of fear and fury, two families fight for their sons and for the truth.  Neither of them knows how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


I felt like a mongrel dog, compared to them. Unwanted, strange-looking, and kicked so many times I didn’t know how to do anything apart from cower.


Noah’s Bucket List Item No. 12: Be cremated. I can’t stand the thought of being buried. I want to be turned into smoke and air so I can be everywhere all at once.


My Review:


Odd Child Out was my first experience with both the complex and guarded DI Jim Clemo and his talented creator Gilly Macmillan, I want to make a habit of this pair. Besides being topical and relevant, the storyline was well-crafted and of the stealthy variety as it developed slowly yet steadily in intriguing increments that I eagerly gathered like breadcrumbs. There was a wide array of intriguing and mysterious characters as well as a vast assortment of oddly shaped puzzle pieces to make sense of, yet and none of them seemed to match up. The characters were slowly fleshed out with several being ultimately revealed to be less than admirable than I had first assumed, as well as the opposite. My interest was snagged quickly and my attention never flagged as I unwound this delicately complicated plot that occurred over the period of a week, yet went several layers deep and across fifteen years and a different continent to expose a fiercely guarded and devastating secret.  I was provided a review copy of this compelling book by HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours. 



About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


8 thoughts on “Book Review: Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan

  1. Reply Gemma Jackson Oct 20,2017 4:58 am

    This sounds like a great read and I love that it’s set an hour away from where I live. Thanks for the great review.
    Gemma @

  2. Reply stacey37 Oct 20,2017 5:10 am

    Sounds like a good gritty thriller/mystery/crime book. Great review. X

  3. Reply J. Hooligan @Platypire Reviews Oct 20,2017 8:58 am

    Oh wow, this looks really interesting.

  4. Reply Heidi Oct 20,2017 9:04 am

    Sounds like a good mystery! Lovely review! ❤️

  5. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Oct 20,2017 9:58 am

    Wow, I can’t imagine being in Noah’s family or Adbi’s family during this crisis … what a heartbreak.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  6. Reply alexcanread Oct 20,2017 1:14 pm

    Sounds like a thrilling read! I’ll have to check it out!

  7. Reply trish Oct 20,2017 7:48 pm

    I’m so glad you loved it!

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